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SEAARC Session Report 2

This is the report on Session 4: Modernisms and Modernities, written by the session chair Lawrence Chua, Syracuse University.  The papers in this session grappled with where to locate Southeast Asian architecture within histories of multiple modernities and modernisms. They encountered … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 26: “A Throne Hall and a Temple: The Public Works Department and the Construction of Modern Siamese Identity, 1889 – 1910”

by Dr. Pirasri Povatong, Chulalongkorn University This paper examines the establishment and operation of the Siamese Public Works Department (PWD) during the latter half of the reign of King Rama V (r.1868-1910), in order to understand the intricacies and effects … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 17: “In serving Chinese Modernity: The Rise and Fall of Singaporean Architecture in Contemporary China 1980 – 2000”

by Dr. Xiao Jing, City University of Hong Kong This paper examines the Chinese government’s brief period of acquiring architectural modernity from Singapore during the last two decades of twentieth century in order to contribute to its own national identity. Behind China’s contemporary … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 10: “Constructing ‘Asia’ and the ‘West’: Discourses of Orientalism and Occidentalism in Early 20th Century Building Journals”

by Dr. Cecilia Chu, University of Hong Kong The past two decades has seen a significant growth of academic and popular publications on architecture of Asia. In tandem with this development is the continual broadening of the scope of architectural … Continue reading

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New documentary on Van Molyvann

In past two decades or so, there has been a surge of interests in modernist architecture in around the world, especially those outside Western Europe and North America. These modernist architecture are typically not considered “canonical” nor are they included … Continue reading

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SEAARC Symposium Abstract 9: “Modernity and modernities. Emerging challenges for the historiography of modern architecture”

by keynote speaker Prof. Hilde Heynen, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Since Marshall Berman first theorized modernity as the experience of all that is solid melting into air, we have come a long way in discussing modernity as a fundamental category for the … Continue reading

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